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Other People's Money: The Rise and Fall of Britain's Boldest Credit Card Fraudster [Kindle Edition]

Neil Forsyth , Elliot Castro
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Elliot Castro was a gifted outsider, a working-class kid with ambitions who wanted to live the high life but lacked the money to do so. Until, at the tender age of sixteen, he worked out how to use the credit card system to his advantage. Identifying the banks' security weaknesses, utilising his intelligence and charm, Elliot embarked on a massive spending spree. From London to New York, Ibiza to Beverly Hills, he lived the fantasy life, staying in famous hotels, flying first class, blowing a fortune on designer clothes. Time and time again Elliot managed to wriggle free of the numerous authorities who were on his tail, while his life spiralled out of control. Meanwhile, from a police station at Heathrow, a detective was patiently tracking him down . . . With a likeable hero, filled with humour and as fast-paced as a thriller, Other People's Money is crime writing at its best. 'A fascinating and illuminating story' Irvine Welsh 'Exhilarating Brit variation on Catch Me if You Can, which never misses an opportunity to up the sweaty-palmed suspense' Arena

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'A fascinating and illuminating story'
-- Irvine Welsh

'A scintillating read - with a very large don't try this at home
warning thrown in for good measure.' -- Maxim

'An eye-popping account of the brief but spectacularly profitable
career of young Elliot Castro. It's a fascinating story.' -- Mail on Sunday

'Well written, revealing and above all human, Other People's Money
is a cut above your average crime saga.' -- Switched On

'a concise, self-critical memoir, which deftly conveys the
desperation of his plight without a shred of self pity.' -- Daily Express

'exhilarating Brit variation on Catch Me If You Can, which never
misses an opportunity to up the sweaty-palmed suspense.'
-- Arena

Book Description

Elliot Castro is unique in the history of British financial crime. No outside individual has stolen so much money for so long from the credit card system. Identifying the banks' many security weaknesses, utilising his formidable intelligence and charm, Elliot embarked on a spending spree that ran into seven figures. The money wasn't funding an addiction or other criminal enterprises - Elliot was simply a working-class kid with no qualifications who wanted to see the world in style. From London to New York, Ibiza to Beverly Hills, Castro lived a fantasy life. He stayed in famous hotels, travelled first class, and blew a small fortune on designer clothes and champagne. Time after time Elliot managed to wriggle free of the numerous authorities who were on his tail while his life spiralled out of control. As he juggled aliases and lied to family and friends he began to lose to grip on reality. Meanwhile, from an office at Heathrow Police Station, a detective was patiently tracking him down. Now, for the first time, Elliot and others tell his amazing story to Neil Forsyth. Filled with humour, as fast paced as any thriller, Other People's Money also offers fascinating insights into the techniques of Britain's most audacious, and friendliest, credit card fraudster.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 549 KB
  • Print Length: 330 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0330446010
  • Publisher: Pan (28 Jun. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330446010
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330446013
  • ASIN: B008ERRJ2S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #156,912 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Page-Turner!! 6 April 2007

Neil Forsyth's fast-paced writing style brings Elliot Castro's amazing story to life. From the word go, I was pretty much sucked in to this page-turner. This is not just a book about crime. There are some hilarious moments as well as some deeply emotional and personal moments where I couldn't help but feel for Elliot. It's a truly outstanding piece of writing with a story that will definitely interest anyone who holds a credit card or wants to know how credit card fraud works.

It's a thriller, a comedy and a drama all in one. Buy it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating but flawed 5 Feb. 2011
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An interesting tale about the young Scottish fraudster tho i thought it was one which could have been told better. As he's an out and out liar I thought there were definetly parts of this story where he was telling porkies or at the very least 'embellishing the truth ' . Not all your readers are dim-witted hotel receptionists Mr Castro. However in saying that it was amazing that his youthful brazenness did get him so far. If a movie or documentary does ever get made then with a good director it could be good to watch.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING READ!!!! 1 July 2012
By GlennC
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I dont read too many books but I was going on Holiday i had this recommended to me.
I was totally hooked within the first 10 pages, it was an amazing read and makes you realise how some people grow up in the world and take the chances that they can. Elliot is an amazing person with a brain that i would love to have myself, the way it works is brilliant and the blatant cheek with which he does things is unbelievable.

Highly recommended read and one of the best books i have read
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars He could run but he couldn't hide 29 May 2008
By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
This book tells the fscinating story of a highly intelligent boy who, for whatever reasons, didn't thrive at school (and was actually expelled from several schools) and ended up without any formal qualifications. Instead, he grew into a young adult using his considerable brainpower to extract vast sums of money from credit card organizations. The book explains some of the techniques involved, though hopefully not in enough detail to encourage others to follow the criminal's example. Indeed, even as we read about his high living in luxury hotels in London, Belfast, Dublin, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Dublin, Sydney, the Bahamas, Toronto, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and other places, we are regularly reminded that the criminal was constantly on the run. Even so, he spent spells in prison in Canada as well as Britain, usually for a length of time that seems lenient in retrospect.

When the criminal tried to stabilize his life in Belfast, chosen because it is part of the UK but with its own distinctive police force, he learned that he couldn't do so for any length of time because people started wondering how he really came by his wealth. People can spot the difference between those who are genuinely wealthy and those who are not, even without any evidence. The stories that the criminal told just didn't add up. When he was continually on the move, people didn't see him for long enough to worry about such matters. So it was that a long spell in Belfast combined with regular visits to certain other places, especially Edinburgh and his parents' adopted home of Glasgow, made it increasingly difficult for the criminal to operate effectively in the places he liked.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A strangely likable crimial 8 Jan. 2012
By Trici
The true story of a likeable character who painlessly obtained money from individuals and companies to fund his luxurious life style; until; his conscience over-ruled him. He then chose to help the law fight crime.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointing 10 Aug. 2014
By Matt
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Saw this pegged as the british reply to "wolf of wall street" or "catch me if you can", it is neither! We hear many times about how repentant the chap is about his time and how he didn't see it as stealing. but we hear very little about the fun he must have had (and lets face it thats what we want to hear about!)

I wouldn't recommend this book
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4.0 out of 5 stars Escapism 30 Jun. 2014
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Although it is good story, there is plenty about it you may skip. But I suppose that with this story it was difficult to write a big book about it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars not bad 13 Nov. 2013
By leph
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Pretty good account, lacked details, perhaps for legal reasons, so it was hard to see why he was so good, just that the took quite a bit of money and had fun with it. I enjoyed this book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Published 3 months ago by Mr Christopher Pinkstone
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy read
interesting read as it named places I had been and stayed.
Published 5 months ago by Mrs. CJ Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb read
Read this book, you will find it fascinating. You will not be able to put it down with the twists and turns in the young life of Elliot Castro...
Published 18 months ago by A. Bentley Keltruck Ltd
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing tale
Fascinating insight into the mind of Eliot Castro and the life he managed to forge for himself courtesy of the credit card companies. A Great read.
Published 24 months ago by Yc
1.0 out of 5 stars Zzzzzzzzz
This is one of those books where the criminal tries to justify all of his actions. His fraud is all a little dull and repetitive. Read more
Published on 23 Jan. 2013 by Goldbaaren
2.0 out of 5 stars Noting like catch me if you can
Although on occasion you find the trips the guy goes on interesting he is basically a scumbag and a petty thief. Read more
Published on 20 Jan. 2013 by Worziscool
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written low budget Catch me if you can
This book rode on the back of the "Catch me if you can" wave but Elliot is altogether less engaging than Frank Abagnale although they both are perhaps victims of their families. Read more
Published on 16 July 2012 by D. Harvey-George
4.0 out of 5 stars Other people's money
Great rollercoaster of a ride. Still reading and difficult to put down. You really want him to succeed. Ordered second hand and received very quickly and in decent condition.
Published on 26 Aug. 2011 by Matwynne
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